Trump downplays coronavirus vaccine, restores partial funding to WHO

Trump downplays coronavirus vaccine, restores partial funding to WHO

President Donald Trump believes that with or without the coronavirus vaccine, the U.S. can withstand the crisis. The administration is also set to restore partial funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as launching a new vaccine operation.

Last April, Trump had some mishaps with the WHO accusing them of mishandling and covering up the spread of the coronavirus, which led to the funding halt.

In an exclusive report from Fox News, the administration will “agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions” to the WHO through a draft letter.

According to Tucker Carlson from Fox News, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom has disgraced himself and his organization for four years. In addition, the U.S. is also considering increasing its funding to WHO if China increases theirs.

This month, the WHO also announced that the U.S. had one of its highest death tolls from the coronavirus infection. As per recent data from the Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. is still leading globally with over 1.4 million cases.

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For the past few months, President Donald Trump has said many times that the coronavirus will be taken care of, and it has been receiving a lot of criticisms from politicians and medical experts. It has even led celebrities such as Brad Pitt to joke around the administration by portraying himself as Dr. Anthony Fauci on Saturday Night Live.

According to Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Department of Health and Human Services, the coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready for distribution in 12 to 18 months, told Congress last week claiming that the current proposed schedule from the White House as aggressive.

Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and the rest of the administration were also pushing that the vaccine could be ready within the year. But Bright further criticized that even with FDA approval, the vaccine won’t be delivered on time.

Former GlaxoSmithKline executive leads “Operation Warp Speed”

But despite the POTUS’s remarks on the Americans’ “resiliency” in withstanding the coronavirus crisis, he has recently appointed Moncef Slaoui to speed up the vaccine development process in a project called “Operation Warp Speed.”

The aim of this operation is to have 300 million doses for distribution in the entire U.S. by the end of the year. The Trump administration believes that this is the only way to promote an economic bounce-back aside from trying to reopen its states.

These contradicting moves made by the Trump administration may once again show their weaknesses in handling the country by prioritizing the U.S. economy over the coronavirus crisis as the number of cases is still high.

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